Do 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' Planets Exist? NASA Finds Out
As the new Star Wars movie installment "Rogue one: A Star Wars Story" rolled out in theaters, NASA is investigating whether or not the fictional planets could really exist in real life. "Tatooine", "Scarif" and "Hoth" bear resemblance to some planets discovered by scientists says NASA.
The agency is known for its fascination for sci-fi space movie franchises such as Star Trek and Star Wars. Today, NASA scientists are adamant in finding out if Stars Wars Rogue One planets do exist.
Despite the out-if-this-world and seemingly impossible depiction of alien planets in Star Wars movies, NASA thinks some of them could be more than just that. Some of the planets depicted in the movie actually do exist in real life.
— NASA (@NASA) December 16, 2016
For one, planets with two suns are not alien to scientists. Scientists have long discovered that the Tatooine star system exists. This means Luke Skywalker's home is real. Kepler-16b, about 200 light-years away from Earth located in Cygnus constellation is a good example of a Tatooine planet, according to Phys.Org.
"This was the first honest-to-goodness real planetary system where you would see the double sunset as two suns," Laurance Doyle, an astrophysicist from the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute, the scientist responsible for discovering the Tatooine planet using the Kepler space telescope said in a press release.
Who doesn't know about Mars? One scientist thinks that George Lucas was on track when he expressed his fascination for desert planets in the Star Wars movies. Despite its arid conditions Mars, just within the Solar System, is the center of various missions as NASA and other spaceflight companies are working on bringing the first humans to the red planet.
"Desert planets are possible. We have one right here in our solar system in Mars. We think desert planets elsewhere could be even more habitable than Mars is," Shawn Domagal-Goldman, astrobiologist NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center said in the same report.
Distance from its star hugely affects the temperature of planets. Therefore, planets in remote locations, farther from the Sun tend to be icy and cold just like Star War's Hoth planet. Based on NASA's report, there is indeed an icy planet within the galaxy also named "Hoth" discovered in 2006.
For the habitable one's like the Earth, scientists believe that Lucas' idea of intelligent beings is still possible. The agency is working towards finding life beyond Earth and the Solar System by launching new technological advancements like TESS and the James Webb Telescope.